Reflections on the believers' resemblance to the date tree By Shaykh 'Abdur Razzaaq bin Abdil-Muhsin al-'Abbad al-Badr
Author: Abdur-Razaaq bin Abdul-Muhsin Al-Badr
Book Binding: Paperback
Size: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inch
About This Book:
Allah says: “See you not how Allah sets forth a parable? - A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. Very high). Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.” [Soorah Ibrahim 14:24-25]This is a remarkable parable with an enormous benefit and applies perfectly to that which it is being compared with. Allah begins the verse by saying,“See you not how Allah sets forth a parable?” [Soorah Ibrahim 14:24]Meaning, does not your heart see and comprehend how Allah makes an example and a comparison for the "goodly word", the word of Eemaan. Allah finishes the verse with: “Allah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.” [Soorah Ibrahim 14:25]Meaning: that the intention behind this parable and others, are to remind the people and invite them to consider and understand the speech of Allah.There can be no doubt that this beginning and end to the verse are the best of encouragements for a person to learn and understand this parable. They also show the enormous importance of this parable and how it includes Eemaan, which is the best thing for a person to seek and the greatest goal. When we consider this splendid parable we find that Allah mentions the thing that is being compared, the thing it is being compared to and the similarity between them. The thing that is being compared is "the good word", the thing it is being compared to is “the tree”, and the similarity between them is like Allah says:“Whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. Very high); giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord.” [Soorah Ibrahim 14:24]Allah, The Blessed, The Most High, compares the Eemaan that is firm in the heart of the believer and that which results from that Eemaan in the way of branches, divisions and fruit, with the "goodly tree” whose roots are firm, its branches outstretched into the sky, and always produces fruit.So if, one was to consider the thing being compared to, which is the tree, and the thing being compared, which is the proclamation of Eemaan that is in the heart of the believer and that which results from it, then they will find that they share many similar characteristics, some of which are mentioned in the verse. Ibn Al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy upon him) said:“If you were to consider this resemblance you would see that it applies to the tree of Tawheed that is firmly rooted in the heart; its branches are the righteous actions which reach high into the sky and this tree never stops producing good deeds. The amount of righteous actions is dependent upon the extent that Tawheed is embedded in the heart, the extent of the love the heart has for Tawheed, the extent of sincerity one has for Tawheed, the extent of knowledge one has of Tawheed, the extent one applies Tawheed, the extent one performs its rights, and the extent that one takes care of it.Whoever firmly roots the proclamation of Eemaan in their heart and characterizes their heart by it and anoints it with the religion of Allah, of which there is no better religion, and then he knows the reality of divinity, which his heart affirms for Allah alone and he bears witness to that with his tongue and confirms that with his limbs. He negates this divinity and that which it necessitates, for everything other than for Allah; and his heart agrees with the tongue in this negation and affirmation and his limbs submit to that which he testifies to with Tawheed, obediently walking the path of his Lord with humility, without deviation and without desiring another to replace it.There's no doubt that this proclamation in the heart and on the tongue continually produces good deeds that raise up to Allah all the time.